Institute of Education


Centre for Understanding Social Pedagogy (CUSP)

Exploring approaches to social pedagogy in public policy and professional practice.

Head of centre: Professor Pat Petrie

The Centre for Understanding Social Pedagogy (CUSP) arose from a programme of research and development conducted by CUSP members at the Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU) since the late 1990s. Social pedagogy applies broadly educational solutions to social problems.

We conduct research and development activities and supervise doctoral students in relation to social pedagogy in the UK and in cross-national contexts. 

We have recently been awarded a major philanthropic grant to develop national occupational standards, professional qualifications and a Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA) and will consult UK colleagues widely in the course of this work. Our partners ThemPra and Jacaranda will join us in developing and disseminating high quality social pedagogy training across the UK.

Our staff

International Journal of Social Pedagogy

Briefing paper on Social Pedagogy

Forthcoming events

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